A Foodie’s Visual Guide To South Korea Part I

18 months of my globetrotting journey was spent in Asia with my home base in Ulsan, South Korea. Living in Asia as an allergen-free foodie was challenging at best. I promised myself the first six months I would let loose and immerse myself into the cuisine. Little did I know, it would be incredibly difficult to lead a “Heidi Friendly” lifestyle while in South Korea.

Despite the lack of “Heidi Friendly” allergen-free food options, I wanted to share some of the things I came across during my time living in South Korea. These aren’t exclusive to just Ulsan but also Daegu, Seoul, Jeju, Gyeongju and various other places throughout South Korea.

If you’ve been wondering what food in South Korea looks like, strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride of this blog post, Part I. You’re going to see a mix of traditional Korean homemade food, American-style foods, desserts (of, course) and a variety of Korean BBQ places.

You’ll see in the following pictures, as well as part II, that Korean BBQ comes in many different shapes and sizes.
Everything is laid out on the table and everyone shares by dipping their chopsticks into what they’re interested in. Unlike in America, there aren’t individual dishes. It’s a community event.
In case you were wondering, yes, that’s a chicken foot in her chopstick.
One of my favorites, rice cake soup!
Twisty Potato stick!
Oreo Patbingsu – I LIVED on bingsu in Korea!
A mix of Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Kahlua and whipped cream. I can get down with the Korean’s version of “Happy Hour”
Korean BBQ dessert bar
Kakao character cupcake. If you’re planning a trip to Korea, you NEED to be aware that Kakao characters are a topic of conversation. Small talk often consists of asking what your favorite kakao character is.
Hottoek – korea pancakes filled with cinnamon sugar. Yum!
Kakao character cake. I split it with 6 other friends. It was much bigger than the picture seems.
As a non-watermelon lover, this was oddly delicious
A Korean “hamburger”
Korean steak with rice, potatoes and a side of pickles. The blue drink is a slushie of some sort and most definitely not coffee. Although, it coffee would’ve been handy after that particularly exhausting day!
The closest to an American dinner that I ever came. I missed mashed potatoes and green beans at the Light House in Donggu
Grappa’s American Tex-Mex style nachos
Grappa’s American Tex-Mex style burritos
Are you seeing a tex-mex theme here? Gusto Taco’s in Seoul is hands down worth it! You can customize them however you want.
Okay, so maybe we waiting in line for 20 minutes to eat at the Shake Shack opening in Seoul – no judgment!
Four women, one costco shopping cart and thousands of Korean won later.
Korean “American” breakfast: pancakes, bananas, potato wedges, kimchi soup and cereal
A sneak peek at our weekly homemade girls brunch!
Gluten-free pancakes with the closest thing we could find to maple syrup and mimosas to wash it all down!
I couldn’t even begin to describe everything on this tray aside from the kimchi and rice soup with Nemo looking rice cakes in the left containers.
Left to right, top row first then bottom row: rice cake soup, curry, potato cake, red bean dessert shaped fish cake and kimchi
Homemade mashed sweet potatoes with nuts, seeds and dried berries, mushrooms and eggplant smothered in cheese and garlic by my dear friend, Ji, in Jangsaengpo

What’s your favorite Korean dish? Comment below!

Keep your eyes peeled for Part II 🙂

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